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“Good temple to visit, but needs renovation.”
Review of Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple
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Ranked #22 of 1,333 things to do in Shanghai
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Owner description: Built in the early Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai. It is popularly believed that the temple gained its name Longhua from the legendary “Longhua” tree with branches extending some 20 kilometers, under which the Maitreya Buddha was enlightened.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nice temple to visit. Is in need of some renovations to restore it to its former glory!

Very friendly people and very authentic.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

If you have not experienced a temple in China, this is a very good option to see one. Only costs 10RMB for entry which includes an incense bundle if you care to join in on that. It is not large nor crowded but is active with monks and worshippers around. The buddhas and other statues are excellent to see but the buildings could use some TLC. The smell of burning incense fills the air it seems throughout the grounds.

I actually had tried to go to this one on Chinese New Year Day in 2012 but walked away as it was so crowded that day with people trying to enter and the number of street vendors almost made the sidewalks impassable. When I finally made it back in June 2013, there were only a handful of people around ... and very few street vendors. It was actually very peaceful.

I have been to several other temples around Shanghai and China. I thought overall it was average in comparison to the others. Pros were smaller size, less crowded (at least when not Chinese NY Day), full temple experience, less costly, pagoda adjacent (although cannot enter), and adjacent to Longhua Martyrs Park which is worth seeing. Cons were a little run down, obviously some buddhas at other temples are larger or made of jade, you may find drums or bells at other temples, and maybe for some, overall too small.

Thank Anthony F
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We went to the Longhua Temple today and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There are many buildings/rooms to explore and many beautiful photo opportunities. At the back of the complex (depending on which side you enter from, I guess!) on the left side is a vegetarian restaurant that serves only one thing--a big bowl of filling, healthy vegetarian noodles with delicious broth, different kidns of tofu, mushrooms, bamboo and assorted vegetables. Order at the counter (only 10RMB!) and bring your ticket to the food window where they prepare the noodles fresh. Make sure to visit the very nearby Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetary.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

the well preserved building of the temple, the only place you can feel the aura of Dynasty Song temple in Shanghai. it is far away from centre city, but still accessible by subway and bus.

Thank katelcl
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Every time I go into a temple in Shanghai, I increasingly feel that the Monks walking around are unfriendly or act like they are higher than thou. Longhua seems to be one of the more "active" temples in the city where there's a lot going on and Monks are out and about doing their "thing" with ceremonies, prayers and the like. Whenever I raise my camera (from a distance mind you), they always scowl and put up the hand to way you off. Or, if they see the camera, they immediate turn the other way to avoid you altogether. My last visit her a week ago, with some friends, someone in my party was checking her phone for messages and a Monk passing by thought she had taken a photo of him (on his phone by the way) and asked ... nay ... told her to delete it and wouldn't give up until he was satisfied. This was all in the public area. Money hungry Monks are nice to you until you have a camera, then they scamper like the plague. The way I look at it ... I paid the entry fee, am respectful while there in not being intrusive and never take a photo in private areas - the Monks whom I try to photograph are ALWAYS in the public (paid) areas. The vegetarian buffet in the back is very good though - a bit on the pricey side, but worth going to nonetheless. Just don't attempt to photograph a Monk or experience his wrath!

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